Late Season Tropical Problem…Normal Time = Less Watering…Lunar Eclipse – Action News Jax

Jacksonville, FL – Although this is the last month of hurricane season, the tropics are still going strong. From October 31 to November 7, 3 named Atlantic storms developed: Lisa, Martin and Nicole. They are the most Atlantic tropical cyclones to develop during that specific week in recorded history.

Receive daily updates on the tropics: “Talking about the tropics with Mike”.

Back to normal time so….

From the St. Johns Water Management District:

Last Sunday, November 6, residents of the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District must reset their automatic sprinkler systems to water no more than once a week.

“Outdoor irrigation accounts for nearly half of most Floridians’ monthly water bills,” said Mike Register, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District. “Lawns and landscape plants require less water during this time of year. By providing only the amount of supplemental irrigation required, we can conserve water and help meet our water needs while maintaining healthy lawns and landscapes.

Public water supply is the largest category of water use in the district area – approximately 569.5 million gallons of water per day. Most of this water is for residential use — you and I use the water in our homes. Improving landscape irrigation practices can save water, improve your landscape, and help protect water quality at the same time.

Overwatering can promote mold and fungus, weaken grass roots, and promote unwanted weeds and insects. Water is wasted when broken or misdirected sprinkler heads spray water onto sidewalks and pavement, and runoff from oversaturated yards often carries fertilizers, debris and nutrients into yards. natural water, resulting in poor water quality.

Since lawns need much less water during the Florida winter months, watering restrictions are in place to ensure water used for irrigation is used efficiently. During Eastern Standard Time (early November through mid-March), landscape irrigation is limited to a maximum of one day per week according to the following schedule:

  • Saturday to addresses that end with an odd number or have no address
  • Sunday to addresses that end with an even number
  • Tuesday to non-residential addresses
  • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You can find more information and water saving tips at To learn how your district neighbors are saving water, visit our Water Less Heroes series here.

A complete lunar eclipse was visible over Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. early Tuesday, November 8. There won’t be another lunar eclipse visible from the region until 2025. But don’t worry! The real fun will be an annular eclipse in 2023 (October 14) and a “Great American Complete Solar Eclipse” in 2024 (April 8). Photos below from Beth McCaddy and our Skycam First Alert network:

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